A special WCBS radio broadcast of the 1957 Tony Awards with host Bud Collyer. There was a television blackout of this special due to a union issue.
Winners were "My Fair Lady" for the best musical play, Rex Harrison, for best musical actor in "My Fair Lady," Frederick March for the best dramatic actor, and Judy Holliday for best actress in "The Bells Are Ringing."
NOTE: Due to a union dispute, there was no television broadcast, which had been scheduled for WCBS-TV Channel 2.
The 17th Annual Tony Awards for excellence in theatrical performances for 1962 are awarded from the Hotel Americana Imperial Ballroom in New York City. The Master of Ceremonies is Abe Burrows and Robert Morse. Broadcast locally on WOR-TV Channel 9 in New York. WOR radio host Jean Shepherd opens and introduces the show. George Abbott wins the Best Direction of a
Musical award for "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum."
Produced by David Yarnell.
NOTE: This rare television audio air check broadcast was recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records, June 19, 2002 (Claim #5364), for the most money paid for a television soundtrack, sold to The American Theatre Wing, Inc., by Archival Television Audio, Inc., transacted on June 20, 2001.
NOTE: The first 42 minutes of the one hour broadcast.